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Conway resident Lee Whitcomb talks about the 250th anniversary committee's genealogy efforts over books and documents at the town hall. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Digging deep into Conway

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CONWAY — On a table in Conway’s Town Hall building, a small can of Rumford brand baking soda sits among an assortment of time-weathered town documents, census records, deeds, and the diminutive tombstone of Henry Field, the infant son of one of the town’s most well-known former residents and entrepreneurs, Marshall Field. Set among such historic artifacts as those, the … 0

Conway ambulance department seeks new members

Friday, January 23, 2015

CONWAY — If the flash of red and white lights gets your blood pumping, and you have or want to learn the skills to get somebody else’s pumping, too, the Conway Ambulance Department wants to hear from you. The department is looking for more emergency medical technicians to add to its staff, and the position is open to anyone who lives or works … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed to have had on Wednesday. The surgery was cance led, though, because a man walked … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Conway announces scholarships for 2015-16 school year

Sunday, January 18, 2015

CONWAY — Conway is again offering town residents who are pursuing a higher education the opportunity to apply for five local scholarship funds this year. Germain Fund In 1985, Mark Walter Germain established through his will the Mark Boice Germain and Mildred Boice Germain Fund to help Conway … 0

Conway proposes new sports director position

Sunday, January 18, 2015

CONWAY — As Conway’s youth sports program continues to grow in popularity, the Parks, Recreation and Trails Committee has recommended making the person in charge of running it a part-time town employee. At the Selectboard’s meeting Monday night, committee members David Beaudet and Craig Warner proposed creating a … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

What’s next for Conway’s highway garage?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CONWAY — With plans for a new highway garage soundly defeated by voters in October, the town now faces the challenge of bringing its current highway garage on Route 116 up to par. The structure, built in 1947, … 1

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Conway’s Sunset Garage changes hands after three decades

Thursday, January 8, 2015

CONWAY — After nearly 30 years of ownership under brothers Bob and Ray Langevin of Conway, the Sunset Garage and convenience store on Route 116 has new owners for the new year. Adam Johnson, 33, and his wife, … 2

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0